What are Nasal Polyps?
Nasal Polyps are soft (jelly like), non-cancerous (benign) growths that consist of inflamed nasal mucosa and develop on the lining of your nose or sinuses. They grow either singly or in clusters and grow from the paranasal sinuses causing a blockage in the nasal airways which creates difficulties breathing. They may be yellow, grey, or pink in color and can vary greatly in size.
Nasal Polyps are not a disease, but the result of inflammation in your nose or sinuses. The inflammation allows fluid to build up in the cells of your nose and sinuses. Over time, as gravity pulls on these fluid-filled cells, they can develop into Nasal Polyps.
Inflammation that causes nasal mucosa to collect in these polyps can be likened to a stagnant pond, which increases your chances of having Sinusitis.
Nasal Polyps grow around the edges of the nose or your sinus cavities. Polyps do not usually cause any problems when they are small, but an inflammation in the sinuses from an allergy or a viral or bacterial infection, can make the polyps grow faster.
When your Nasal Polyps block the ostium (sinus openings), all the excess mucus drips down the back of your throat creating Post Nasal Drip, which may cause you to start snoring. You may also experience some headaches, interfered breathing leading to a diminished sense of smell, and as the polyps increase in size, the shape of your face may slowly start to change.
Nasal Polyps result from chronic inflammation in the lining of your nose or sinuses. The causes of Nasal Polyps are however not fully known or understood, but here are some of the triggers that may cause Nasal Polyps to grow:
- Viral infections
- Bacterial infections
- Chronic inflammation
- Chronic sinus infections
- A sinus infection
You may have a single Nasal Polyp or several, clustered together. Very small, single or multiple polyps may not cause any problems, but larger ones are likely to obstruct the airways in your nose, making it difficult to breathe and causing a blocked feeling in your nose. This may lead to mouth breathing, especially in children. Other signs and symptoms of Nasal Polyps include:
- Breathing becomes difficult
- Dull headaches
- Shape of face may change
- Runny nose
- Persistent stuffiness and facial discomfort
- Nasal obstruction
- Chronic sinus infection
- Recurring sinus infections
- Abundant nasal drainage
- Thick, discolored nasal drainage
- Occasional pain in the face
- Loss or diminishment of your sense of smell
- Mouth breathing
- Voice (sounds as if person is congested)
- Post nasal drip
- Mucus tinged with blood
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
I don't have any of these symptoms, but could i still have Nasal Polyps?
Corticosteroids / Nasal sprays
Nasal sprays and drops that contain corticosteroids which can shrink Nasal Polyps in some cases, but can only be used as a short course because of the side effects. And steroids may damage your nasal passages.Surgical removal Re-growth of Nasal Polyps occur in around 50% of people who have had them surgical removed.Sinus-Pro remedies
The recurrence of polyps is high when someone has had them surgically removed. Sinus-Pro remedies will help repair the mucous membranes and treat the underlining cause of your Nasal Polyps. This process not only reduces the size of the Nasal Polyps but decrease the chance of Nasal Polyps recurring.